2015 Fuji SOPP
A world of oneness with diversity.
Harmony among faiths.
Respect and gratitude for the earth and all its life.
Igniting the divine spark in the spirit of humanity.
This is the vision that gave shape to the 2015 Symphony of Peace Prayers (SOPP) and the inauguration of the Fuji Declaration that took place on May 17, 2015. With 10,000 people gathered at Fuji Sanctuary in Japan, and over 7,000 tuning in to the live internet broadcast, the 2015 SOPP was the largest in the event’s history, and no doubt the most significant as well.
In addition, the SOPP was again celebrated by thousands more people in dozens of locations around the world. They joined in at gatherings large and small, with interfaith prayer ceremonies, prayers for peace in all the countries of the world, meditation, music, dancing, and their own presentations of the Fuji Declaration.
The SOPP, which was first held in 2005 at Fuji Sanctuary in Shizuoka, Japan, is a unique prayer event that brings together people from various faiths, cultures, and backgrounds to celebrate both the diversity of humanity’s spiritual and cultural traditions and the oneness of all humanity in our shared desire for a world of peace and harmony. It was initiated by Byakko Shinko Kai, which hosts the annual large-scale ceremony at Fuji Sanctuary. (Please click to read more about the history and vision of the SOPP.)
Now in its 11th year, the 2015 SOPP was chosen as the venue to officially inaugurate the Fuji Declaration, a new global charter that calls for a rebirth of humanity’s sacred consciousness and the creation of a new spiritual civilization—a world of true peace and harmony. The declaration was initiated by three individuals: Masami Saionji, Dr. Ervin Laszlo, and Hiroo Saionji. It was launched in March 2015, with over 200 prominent founding signatories from around the world, and support from 60 partner organizations. Since then, thousands of individuals from all over the world have endorsed the declaration, both online and at gatherings where it was introduced. (For more details and to read and sign the declaration, please visit the website: www.fujideclaration.org.)
Because the vision behind the Fuji Declaration is well aligned with that of the SOPP, the two events naturally merged into one grand celebration, opening the door to a future of peace, harmony, and an evolved human consciousness. Three different events were held in Japan this year: a symposium held in Tokyo on May 15, a pre-dawn ceremony at Fuji Sanctuary on May 17, and the 11th annual Symphony of Peace Prayers ceremony, also on May 17. We invite you to read more about these events here—please click the links in the left column.